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Is there a site for finding new (non-romantic) friends when you are new in town?

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Meetup is an online social networking portal that facilitates offline group meetings in various localities around the world. Meetup allows members to find and join groups unified by a common interest, such as politics, books, games, movies, health, pets, careers or hobbies. Users enter their ZIP code (or their city outside the United States) and the topic they want to meet about, and the website helps them arrange a place and time to meet.

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Can you elaborate as to why you have recommended these sites? What are their plus points; their down sides? Have you used them previously? – codingbadger Jun 10 '11 at 7:14

It depends on how you would like to meet these people.

A YCombinator group came out this year with GrubWithUs which encourages people to meet over food :

  1. Find people to eat with and/or places to eat at.
  2. Reserve a seat through our hassle-free payment system.
  3. You already paid, so just show up, eat and socialize

There is some screening as noted in the FAQ.

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Looks like GrubWithUs only exists in a couple of US cities, though. I'm in Germany. – user8720 Apr 16 '11 at 9:18

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